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The Validity and Reliability Study of the Fear of Intimacy Scale’s Turkish Form
Şeyma Elibol, Emine Sevinç Sevi Tok
Article Type: Research
Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the validity and reliability properties of Fair of Intimacy Scale’s Turkish form which was developed to help evaluate whether the individual has a fear of establishing close relationships with others. 

Method: Sample of this study comprised 236 participants whose aged 18-60 years old and were selected from normal population. The Sociodemographic Information Survey, Fear of Intımacy Scale (FIS), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), The Multidimensional Relationship Questionnaire (MRQ) and Self-Concealment Scale (SCS) were applied to the participants. 

Results: In the reliability analyzes, the Cronbach’s alpha for the total scale score was 0.81. In addition, according to test-retest analysis, the correlation between the two applications was calculated to be 0.76. As a result of the item analysis, it was observed that all of the item total correlations were greater than 0.20 and as the comparison of upper 27% and lower %27 groups, the differences between the item mean scores were found to be significant (p <0.001). The findings on construct validity, it was found that the model based on exploratory factor analysis and tested with confirmatory factor analysis has shown good fit.. Finally, it has been found that FIS has significant negative correlations with the total scores of RSES and MRQ’s subscales named relationship sociability and self-confidence. Moreover, FIS has significant positive correlations with the total scores of SCS and MRQ’s subscales named fear of relationship and setting up relationship impression. 

Conclusions: In the light of the findings, results of the data analysis revealed that the Turkish version of the FIS was reliable and valid psychological inventory.

Key words: fear of intimacy, close relations, validity, reliability

New Sempozyum Journal 2018; 56(4):7-12